Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Two Arrested for Organized Prostitution, Human Trafficking. Officers say numerous local women victimized.

Boise Police have made arrests in a case that they fear has victimized numerous women in an ongoing organized prostitution and human trafficking case. The investigation is still ongoing and includes an effort to continue to identify potential victims.

"We believe the women involved were victimized in every sense. It's taken courage for them to speak with officers.  And we're still searching for what we believe are more victims,"said Sgt. Mark Barnett of the Boise Police Violent Crimes Unit. 

Arrested: Derrick W. Hicklen, 44, Boise

Charged: Human Trafficking (F), Detention for Prostitution (F), Rape (F), Procurement (F), Video Voyeurism (F)

Arrested: Gypsie Akers, 28, Boise

Charged: Human Trafficking (F), Accepting the earnings of a Prostitute (F), Detention for Prostitution (F), Procurement (F), Receiving Funds from Procurement (F)

See related statutes below.

What Happened: On October 19, 2013, Boise Police received information from investigators with the Ada County Sheriff's Office that a possible case of human trafficking involving prostitution was occurring in Boise City. 

The Investigation: Detectives from the Boise Police Violent Crimes and Gang Units, with assistance of an Ada County detective began investigating. 

Officers found evidence the suspects had coerced and persuaded more than one dozen local women into multiple incidents of prostitution. Evidence of organized prostitution includes holding the victims in hotels where they were forced to perform several prostitution related acts for money. 

Akers is accused of taking the money the victims earned. Hicklen is also accused of performing several sexual acts upon victims without their consent, including on occasions after the victim had been provided with a substance leaving them unable to object. Officers have evidence Hicklen photographed the sexual incidents.  

Arrests: Hicklen was arrested on a warrant related to the above charges Tuesday, Nov. 6th. Akers was also served with the warrant Tuesday while she was in the Ada County Jail on an unrelated drug charge. 

Additional Victims: Boise Police detectives have evidence more than one dozen women appear to be victims of the listed crimes, all coerced and manipulated into prostitution. 

Because of the very sensitive nature of victimization in this case, public announcement of the arrests was delayed approximately 36 hours to allow detectives to reach out to women believed to have been victimized by the above suspects and offer the women support, both legal and emotional in dealing with the victimization as well as gathering further evidence connected to the suspects. Victims are receiving support assistance through the Boise Police Department Victim Services Unit. 

Court Appearance: The suspects have been arraigned on the above charges. Preliminary hearings for both are scheduled in 4th District Court November 19, 2013. 

 Related Idaho Statutes:

 18-8602. Human trafficking defined. "Human trafficking" means: (1)Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained eighteen (18) years of age; or (2)The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.

 18-5602. Procurement -- Definition and penalty. Any person who induces, compels, entices, or procures another person to engage in acts as a prostitute shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for a period of not less than two (2) years nor more than twenty (20) years, or by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), or by both such fine and imprisonment.

 18-5603. Receiving pay for procurement. Any person who knowingly receives money or any object of value to procure a prostitute shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for a period of not less than two (2) years nor more than twenty (20) years, or by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), or by both such fine and imprisonment.

 18-5605. Detention for prostitution. Anyone who holds, detains, or restrains, or who attempts to hold, detain or restrain another person for the purpose of compelling such person to engage in prostitution shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not less than two (2) years nor more than twenty (20) years, or by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), or by both such fine and imprisonment.

 18-5606. Accepting earnings of prostitute. (1) Any person who shall knowingly accept or appropriate any money or item of value from the proceeds or earnings of any person engaged in prostitution as part of a joint venture with such person shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for a period of not less than two (2) years nor more than twenty (20) years, or by a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) nor more than fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), or by both such fine and imprisonment. (2)As defined in this section "joint venture" is an undertaking by two (2) or more persons jointly to carry out a single business enterprise involving one or more transactions for profit. Such joint venture can be created by oral agreement or may be inferred from acts or conduct.